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I suggest that the tag is changed to .

The problem is now that many questions are about Mac OS X but when the author starts writing the tags with mac there is only a tag but the tag would be more appropriate in most cases for developers on StackOverflow, and there is no tag suggested since the tag starts on os and not on mac.

Take a look at the latest questions that are tagged :

  • A few are offtopic and should be migrated to
  • A few are tagged both and
  • Most of the questions are tagged but are about Mac OS X ()

At the moment is a synonym to but it would be better if was the "visible name".

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It seems more like [mac-os-x] should show up in the suggestion list for mac- -- why are synonyms excluded? – Michael Mrozek Jan 24 '11 at 19:27
@Michael: That would be good, I wrote a comment on Include synonyms in tag suggestions – Jonas Jan 25 '11 at 10:13
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So what exactly is the difference between and ?

I don't get it.

(the new tag completer largely solves your original request, but can any Apple users explain what the distinction would be between a question tagged and one that is instead tagged ? It's not like I can buy a mac that is running any other operating system...)

edit: complete, tags are merged -- I see no reason needs to exist at all, so it was merged into .

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I think [mac] is used for the actual hardware (opposite to e.g. [pc]) while [osx] is used for the operating system and [mac-os-x] (opposite to e.g. [windows] and [linux]). I think that most questions on StackOverflow is about [osx] (the OS environment) while on SuperUser both [mac] and [osx] is used. The think that annoys me most, is that all mac-os-x related questions are split up on multiple tags. – Jonas Aug 12 '11 at 16:36
SuperUser has a clear tag-wiki for [mac]: Questions that relate to the actual hardware of Macintosh, a brand of computers created and sold by Apple Inc. Includes the iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook. Not to be confused with MAC address. – Jonas Aug 12 '11 at 16:36
While the SU tag-wiki for [osx] is: A series of Unix-based operating systems and graphical user interfaces developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. – Jonas Aug 12 '11 at 16:37
And, yes, a new tag completer will also solve my request. – Jonas Aug 12 '11 at 16:38
I’ve noticed that the mac tag is still being used. Is there any option to prevent users from using it, or automatically replace it with the osx tag? – Bavarious Sep 6 '11 at 11:14
@bav thanks for the reminder, I went ahead and synonymized it then – Jeff Atwood Sep 6 '11 at 11:27

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